Remember this dude? Giorgio Tavecchio was brought in by the Green Bay Packers as token training camp competition for Mason Crosby in 2013.
That was Crosby’s punishment for sucking balls in 2012. Tavecchio, who was born in Italy and went to Cal, acquitted himself quite well with the Packers. Of course, the Packers were having none of it and released the kicker in late August. Tavecchio was just a wake-up call for Crosby and Crosby has been just fine since.
That season wasn’t the first time the kid tried to crack the NFL. He tried the season before with San Francisco. Same result.
He tried again with Detroit in 2014. Same result.
In 2015 and 2016, Tavecchio tried the Raiders. Same result both times.
Somehow, still not deterred, Tavecchio tried to make the Raiders for a third time this year. Hell, Seabass must be on his way out at some point, right?
And this was finally the year!
The Raiders put Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve last week and Tavecchio was finally in.
And what did he do his first game out?
Just won the AFC special teams player of the week award. Tavecchio hit all four of his field goals, including two from 52 yards in the Raiders’ 26-16 win.
I love this story. What a persistent S.O.B.
Good for you, Giorgio!